Inspiration ~ A Red, Gold and Green Christmas

There’s nothing more Christmas-like than the colours red, gold and green – bright, bold colours that have become traditional in the festive season. We’ve collected some fantastic inspiration to get you in the Christmas mood, so get decorating! Credits: 1) Wendy … Continue reading

Rosy Red Winter Bridal Inspiration

Ice the Cake loves to celebrate and what better way to celebrate your love than at winter time. Here is a lovely shoot with Ice the Cake Suppliers for a Rosy Red Winter Wedding.  

Photography Credit 2012 Frank Miller

Credits:
Styling – Ice the Cake
Hair Accessories – What Katy Did Next
Venue – Worton Park

You can find the suppliers now online in the Ice the Cake!

Crazy in Love with these Christmas Cards

Now is the time to start thinking of buying your Christmas Cards, especially if you are sending them abroad. So we at Ice the Cake wanted to show off some of our amazing designers. Sam Osbourne, Kate Lewis, Kathryn Deeley and Knots and Kisses have sent us there Christmas Selection for you to browse through.

Make someone smile when the postman delivers some of theses fabulous cards!

All the above are from Sam Osborne 

All the above are by Kate Lewis

All the cards above are by Kathryn Deeley

All the cards above are by Knots and Kisses

Remember that the Ice the Cake Shop is now open and you can find some lovely gifts for christmas on there too as well as many of these cards.

Christmas Treats for 26th December – I Heart Buttons


Who is I Heart Buttons?
Button bouquets make a unique and colourful alternative to a traditional floral bouquet. Sentimental items of jewellery (or buttons of course!) can be worked into the bouquets to make them even more special. The most fabulous thing about button bouquets is that they will last forever. After your wedding, they can become a spectacular centrepiece in your home or even passed on to loved ones for their wedding day.

I have ready made bouquets for sale in my shop or I can make one to order. I work with many designers who can make bespoke pieces to add to the bouquets, whether it is ceramic buttons or lampwork beads. Please contact me to discuss your requirements. I also make matching buttonholes, bridesmaids and flowergirl bouquets, table centrepieces.

 
Where are you based?  
Isle of Wight but my bouquets are sent worldwide.
 
What types of gifts / bouquets do you offer?  
I offer vintage button bouquets in all colours and themes. I also make mini bouquets, button good luck horseshoes, hanging button hearts, flowergirl wands, pomanders, button cuffs, brooches, earrings and kirby grips.
 
What is your greatest achievement so far? 
Opening my shop in Ryde back in August this year.
What is your favourite Christmas song? 
George Michael, Last Christmas.
 
Do you have a special offer for the new year?  
I will offer a 10% discount to any orders received quoting “IcetheCake2012”

How can people get in touch with you? 
Through my website http://www.iheartbuttons.co.uk, by email enquiry@iheartbuttons.co.uk, visiting me at I Heart Buttons, 23 The Lanes, Royal Victoria Arcade, Union Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 3BY or telephone 07956 272983.
 
What do you love about Christmas? 

I love going to see the Christmas lights in London and also love making gifts for friends and family.

A Message from Lesa…
Here’s to a Merry Christmas and a very properous 2012 for everyone 🙂

Christmas Treats for 19th December – Signature Flowers

Who are Signature Flowers?

Signature Flowers was established when I began my Level 4 Floristry training in September 2010 and my specialism is bespoke wedding flowers in Bucks.
Prior to this I had experience working in two very different shops where I learnt a lot.  I have been lucky enough to learn from some great tutors and have seen a lot of European designers as well, which is great for inspiration.

Where are you based?
I am a studio based florist in Quainton, however am very flexible when it comes to meeting clients and am happy to meet somewhere more convinient to them.  All bridal consultations are by appointment so we are not disturbed and the focus is entirely on the couple’s special day.

What types of flowers do you create?

Nothing is unacheivable – any picture or design can be replicated or you can have something designed especially for you, whether simple but stunning or bright and eccentric Signature Flowers will and can create your dream flowers.

What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest acheivment is completing my ICSF Level 4 certificate in Floristry at the age of 22.  I am now studying for a Master Diploma in Professional Floristry.

What do you have available for Christmas?
For Christmas we have stunning table designs, gift bouquets, wreaths, garlands, swags and accesories all freshly made to order.  For Christmas weddings beautiful bouquets can be made with soft and warm wool, or pussy willow handles. Perhaps if you dare to be different even a floral decorated muff or cape.  We can organise gift deliveries nationwide, via iFlorist and we deliver locally within a 15 mile radius of Quainton.


How can people contact you?
People can get in touch with Signature Flowers by:
Visit us at: http://www.signature-flowers.co.uk Like us on Facebook: Signature Flowers by Emma Newman Follow us on twitter: SignatureEmma Call us on: 07894 283255 Email us at: emma@signature-flowers.co.uk

What is the best thing about Christmas?
Amarilyis flowers, the smell of holly and cinamon, seeing family and friends and evenings around the fire with nice wine!

Christmas Treats for 15th December – Giftbox Galore

Who is Gift Box Galore?

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Gift Box Galore is a family run business based in West Lothian, Scotland.
Our idea to set up Gift Box Galore came to light in 2010. Time after time we would search for gifts for many different occasions and we could never really find exactly what we were looking for.
We started to create our own gift boxes when a friend or family member had a special occasion to be celebrated, we always got a great response and everyone would comment on what a great idea a gift box was.
After many suggestions were made we should sell gift boxes professionally we decided this would be an exciting and enjoyable business venture to embark on!
As a new business we are continually thinking of new ideas and plan to keep adding to our gift box collections.  Both partners have a number of years experience in customer service and pride ourselves on ensuring our customers are left satisfied with their purchase and all dealings with us.
Where are you based?
Armadale, West Lothian Scotland
What types of gifts do you offer?
Unique quirky gifts and gift hampers
What is your greatest achievement so far?
We were picked by Theo Paphitis (dragon from dragons den) as an SBS on Twitter in May this year.
Only started up the business 1 year ago and are still builiding our lovely customer base but this year have been asked to send hampers to both Italy and Australia.
 
What do you have available for Christmas?
Lots – you can see some of our items here http://www.giftboxgalore.co.uk/christmas-42-c.asp
How can people get in touch with you?
Visit our website http://www.giftboxgalore.co.uk or email info@giftboxgalore.co.uk or for more personal discussion can call 07900273400
What do you love about Christmas?
Being with my family and following all the traditions my mum used to do with me with my own little boy (17 months old) for example opening a present on Xmas eve (new pjs) so we can wear on xmas eve for santa coming! 🙂 – What a lovely idea!!

Christmas Treats for 13th December – The Cake Whisk

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Who is The Cake Whisk?
I am a cake designer based at home in Rochdale, covering most of the North West. I have been making cakes for getting on 30 years, initially going to college. It’s important for me to keep up to date, so I continue to develop new skills and ideas all the time. I went to the International Cake show at the NEC a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring. And of course my lovely clients keep things fresh with new and sometimes very challenging design requests. I love meeting with my couples and taking their cake design ideas through to completion – they almost feel like family.

What types of cakes do you offer?
I specialise in fine detail on wedding cakes, especially bringing detail from the brides dress or the wedding stationery onto the cake. I try to have something in the design that can be safely removed from the cake and kept as a keepsake afterwards. Equally I love making wedding cakes that are stunning in their simplicity – which means that the cake has to be flawless to achieve impact.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement was just a few weeks ago when 3 of my wedding cakes were published in ‘Wedding Cakes – A Design Source” it was so lovely for me to get that level of recognition for my work. Especially as just over a year ago, I suffered a spinal injury and was paralysed for several months. I am well again, and walking and making gorgeous cakes for gorgeous people, so that has been a bit of an achievement too.
What do you have available for Christmas?
I have just launched my Christmas range: Christmas puddings in varying sizes, Christmas cookies, Christmas Cookie trees and some individual Christmas cakes. They will be on the website and on Facebook too.
How can people contact you?
People can contact me through the website: www.thecakewhisk.co.uk or email: vicki@thecakewhisk.co.uk
Telephone: 07975 595915
Facebook: The Cake Whisk
I also take part in several wedding fairs throughout the year – details are posted on my website and Facebook.
What do you love about Christmas?
I love making Christmas dinner for all of my family – sitting down and just being together (all 4 generations!) and enjoying our grandchildren’s enjoyment.
My unsung hero in all of this is Mr Cake Whisk – without him, none of this would be able to happen, so a very special Thank You to Brian.

Christmas Treats for 6th December – Engrave-a-Lot

Who is Engrave-a-Lot?

Engrave-a-Lot is a brand new small business I have set up myself after being made redundant.  It was formed in Jan 2011 but has really only been running since July 2011.  I carry out all the hand engraving myself in a shed in my back garden, and I really am a one woman band!  From sourcing new products to engrave, to thinking of new designs, marketing, accounts and making the tea is all my own work!


Where are you based?
I am based in Welham Green a small village near Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, however most of my engravings are posted out to clients who can be anywhere in the country.  I am still waiting for my first international buyer! – We hope you don’t have to wait too long!


What types of gifts do you make?

I engrave pretty much anything made of glass from decanters to wine glasses and photo frames to coffee mugs and because the engravings are individual & personal they make ideal gifts that show you have put some thought into a present and not just recycled some smellies! My range of glassware covers all budgets from just £5 to £100!



What is your greatest achievement so far?
To date my largest single order was for a company who had 200 glasses from me to commemorate a royal visit, each of their employees was given either a champagne flute, whiskey glass or pint tankard and the company even sent one to the royal visitor afterwards as a thank you present for him!  My biggest achievement however is more to do with my own development, getting the business up and running, dealing with the unexpected issues that crop up and enjoying what I do every day!
What do you have available for Christmas?
From very elegant large glass baubles with T lights inside to chunky glass Father Christmas Faces that the children love, I have developed a range of Christmas decorations that are all hand engraved with either patterns or messages.  Most can be personalised with names and are truly unique, as each item is engraved by hand no two items are ever exactly the same even without names added, and they make your tree look stunning.


How can people get in touch with you?
I have a website where items can be bought directly via the online shop, or call / email me to discuss personal requirements in more detail, I am only too happy to talk people through the options.  Website:  www.engrave-a-lot.co.uk  Tel: 01707 269269 / 07862 721261  email: philippa@engrave-a-lot.co.uk  I also have a facebook page (Engrave-a-lot)  and I am on twitter as @engrave_a_lot


What do you love about Christmas?
Family and friends is what Christmas is all about for me.  To be able to spend dedicated days just being together without the pressure of having to rush off to work, school, shopping, no activities that my son needs to attend etc etc.  It is a time where we can just relax without feeling guilty about not doing anything constructive!!  Good old fashioned quality time together!  Ahhhh.

A Message from Philippa
Although I am concentrating on Christmas at the moment, a lot of my work is suitable to give as wedding presents and as gifts for grooms men / bridesmaids etc.  My glass bauble T light holders make gorgeous room decorations and can be engraved with the name of the bride and groom / date making lovely keepsakes!  So remember a gift of glass is not just for Christmas!